Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative Awards More Than $115,000 In Third Quarter

Yamaha eclipses $4 million in aiding land access for outdoor recreation since inception

January 2020 Powersport News

Marietta, Ga. – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announced it is awarding more than $115,000 to nine organizations, bringing Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative’s (OAI) funding total to $4 million in grants since 2008.

Together with public land managers, Yamaha Motorsports dealers and thousands of outdoor enthusiasts, Yamaha OAI supplies much-needed funding and support to help those working to protect access to public land for outdoor recreation at the local, state and federal level.

To date, the program has funded more than 350 projects across the nation and Yamaha continues to seek OAI grant submissions for projects from ATV, side-by-side, motorcycle, snowmobile and outdoor enthusiasts and associations—all of whom share the common need for land access to enjoy their lifestyle. Projects receiving OAI grants often have a strong stewardship component, as well as an inclusive community of users working together, ensuring all types of outdoor recreationists can enter public land sustainably and safely. All nonprofit or tax-exempt outdoor recreation groups and land stewardship organizations can inquire and, if appropriate, apply for funding at YamahaOAI.com.

“Consistent effort to protect, improve, and increase access to our public lands is necessary for sustaining outdoor recreation opportunities for all, and Yamaha has more than a decade of experience showing we’re the reliable and available resource working on these issues,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s Motorsports marketing manager. “With the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative surpassing the $4 million funding mark, we’re elated and even more committed to its mission: providing support for efforts promoting safe, responsible use of OHVs, educating the public on proper recreational land use and wildlife conservation practices, and protecting appropriate and sustainable access to public lands.”

Yamaha is awarding more than $115,000 in the current funding cycle to support efforts protecting and improving admittance to public land and educating the public on safe, sustainable recreational use by all. These recipients received Yamaha OAI grants for trail maintenance, safety signage, land stewardship programs, and efforts aiding in protecting access to motorized recreation areas. The beneficiaries are: 

  • CRISTA Camps – Kitsap, County, Washington
  • Day Mountain Road Association – Avon, Maine
  • Great Falls Trail Bike Association – Great Falls, Montana
  • National FFA
  • Off Road Business Association – Oceano Dunes SVRA, California
  • Richfield TownshipGenesee County, Michigan
  • University Medical Center of El PasoEl Paso, Texas
  • Westcore, Inc. – Montrose County, Colorado
  • Washington Off Highway Vehicle Association

For further information on Yamaha’s Outdoor Access Initiative program, or to submit a grant application, visit YamahaOAI.com. Connect with Yamaha on social media via @YamahaOutdoors or search any of the following hashtags on all platforms:  #Yamaha #YamahaOAI #REALizeYourAdventure #ProvenOffRoad #AssembledInUSA

Updated guidelines, an application form, and information on the Outdoor Access Initiative are available at YamahaOAI.com.

For specific questions about the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative, call the dedicated hotline at 1-877-OHV-TRAIL (877-648-8724), e-mail OHVAccess@Yamaha-Motor.com, or write to:

Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA

3065 Chastain Meadows Parkway, Bldg. 100

MariettaGA 30066

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